The 19th Annual Caregiver Recognition Dinner is October 23rd

Caregiving is truly a selfless act of love and can take on many forms. From a kind neighbor who stops by with groceries or a prepared meal, to the husband who cares for his wife of 60 years at home while she suffers from the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease and decreased mobility.  There are also the paid caregivers.  These are the ones who aren’t bound by a sense of family obligation, but out of a deep sense of calling and compassion to care for others.  They aren’t family by birth, but often become “family” and trusted advisers to those they faithfully serve.  They are there by choice to help in a family’s time of need.  Caregivers, in all their forms, can be a lifeline.  They often sacrifice their time, energy, money, and even their own health, out of dedication to their loved ones or clients.  Caregivers do what they do because it makes them feel good to make a difference in someone else’s life.

Carson McCullers, author of “The Square Root of Wonderful” wrote, “The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.”  This may be at the heart of why caregivers are caregivers.  It is, in fact, the toughest job you’ll ever love.  The rewards you receive in return are immeasurable.

Nominations Are Now Open

Senior Action Network would like to recognize and celebrate caregivers in Lewis, Mason and Thurston Counties.  We are seeking nominations for caregivers who exemplify the definition of what being a caregiver truly means.  All nominees will be honored at the 19th Annual Caregiver Recognition Dinner, scheduled for Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 from 6-9 pm at South Sound Manor in Tumwater.

Do you know someone you’d like to nominate?  Perhaps you are thankful for the care you receive from a family member, friend, neighbor, or your paid caregiver?  Do you have a loved one in an assisted living, retirement community, or an adult family home and appreciate the care that someone who works there gives?  We will be recognizing caregivers from a variety of categories:  volunteer/unpaid caregivers (not family), unpaid family caregivers, paid caregivers working in a facility (such as Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing Home, Hospital, Adult Family Home, Retirement/Independent Living facility, etc), and paid caregivers providing in-home care (home care, home health agencies, hospice agencies, independently contracted caregivers, etc).  Nominations will be accepted through Friday, September 27, 2019. Download a Nomination form HERE. Please Mail nominations to Senior Action Network, P.O. Box 12212, Olympia, WA 98508 or e-mail to: Lstone@advanced-healthcare.com.